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Crappy Times=Good Design

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Fast Company makes the statement that bad economies engender good design, since buildings are subjected to more scrutiny during economic downturns. "Fewer buildings go up in a recession, but those that do are subject to more thought and self-examination, and they tend to be more sensitive calibrators of a changing culture. In other words, a recession is often the moment when architecture finds its future." The mag cites a few examples, including the Eames House on North Chautauqua Boulevard in the Palisades, aka Case Study House No. 8. The home, a National Historic Landmark, was designed in the late 1940s by Charles and Ray Eames, who used cheap materials like plywood and resin to build a bright and cluttered residence that stood in contrast to the frigid minimalism of the mid-century. This made us hypothesize: Will any either under-construction or proposed LA projects be remembered as recession-era buildings or structures? Pocket parks as the new Eames? [Fast Company]